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Sprint, T-Mobile, Others Look to Preserve FCC Power

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Feb 9, 2012, 8:17 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The CEOs of a number of smaller network operators across the U.S. have petitioned congress to change the wording in JOBS Act, H.R. 3630. As written, it would remove the authority to conduct spectrum auctions from the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter sent to congress, the opponents argue, "Stripping the FCC of its auction design discretion would disserve the public interest by permitting unchecked participation by the two largest, best-funded wireless carriers in future spectrum auctions. That would discourage smaller competitors from participating in future auctions thereby reducing auction revenues and limiting wireless competition and innovation." Signees of the letter include the CEOs of Atlantic Tele-Network, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire Wireless, Cricket Communications, NorthwestCell, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and RCA-The Competitive Carriers Association. They "urge [Congress] to safeguard America’s mobile broadband future by ensuring that FCC auction authority is renewed."

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Feb 9, 2012, 9:19 AM

No Surprise...

...that Verizon and AT&T have substantial interest in the FCC being stripped of its power. The two largest carriers ruling the entire galaxy. What better way for them to control so much key publically owned spectrum than to eliminate restrictions and regulations. The death of formidable competition and reasonable pricing, hangs on the wings of eliminating FCC governing.

John B.
Many people have seen this coming from miles away... it has been a work in progress for a while now. And with everyone scrambling to build out LTE networks, little do they realize that the only FCC rule still applicable will be the two-networks-to-a-...

Feb 9, 2012, 12:22 PM


"Section 4105 of the Bill, as currently worded, would undercut those benefits by
prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from considering existing spectrum
holdings in determining a carrier’s participation in future spectrum auctions."

Effectively allowing appointed officials to determine winners and losers.

All well and good, if we trust these people.
Money generates influence and power.

Commissioners are appointed by the sitting president and 'approved' by congress.

The present FCC's conditional approval of use of extraterrestrial spectrum as a terrestrial LTE network is being questioned by congress at present.

Why did they evel allow it conditionally?
Money? Influence?
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